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Jul - Entertainment - How do you listen to your music? New poll - New thread - New reply
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Posted on 11-03-10 01:40:22 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Danielle
I always blast music when I'm driving. My car doesn't have an auxiliary jack so I burn CDs to play in the car.

Lucky. I don't even have a CD player. Yaaaay shitty FM transmitter.
Anyways yes, blasting music while driving, otherwise just when I'm at my computer, with my headphones.
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Posted on 11-14-10 02:30:39 PM Link | Quote
Either in my mp3 player and out for a walk, or a CD in the truck when I'm out driving.
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Posted on 12-14-10 08:05:33 PM Link | Quote
Mostly on iTunes or my iPod (oh-so-cleverly named iRobot).

I do like having physical copies of my music, though. So I often buy CDs and just import them (assuming I didn't download them already). I also listen to CDs in my dad's car sometimes.
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Posted on 12-14-10 09:11:56 PM Link | Quote
I have all my music on iTunes and on my DSi, when at home, I listen to it on iTunes, when elsewhere, I listen to it on my DSi I'm listening to music for most of my day.
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Posted on 12-14-10 10:11:31 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Auxiliatrix
Mostly on iTunes or my iPod (oh-so-cleverly named iRobot).

I do like having physical copies of my music, though. So I often buy CDs and just import them (assuming I didn't download them already). I also listen to CDs in my dad's car sometimes.


This, minus the iRobot, importing, and listening in parental units' cars unless I'm listening on my MP3 player.
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Posted on 12-15-10 02:24:29 AM Link | Quote
If I'm on my own, loud. Very loud. Crank it up to 11 and pull the knob off.
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Posted on 10-23-11 03:37:34 PM Link | Quote
loudish. I either listen to it through my iPod or my computer.
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Posted on 10-23-11 11:18:22 PM Link | Quote
CD rips - either in iTunes if I'm on OS X, or in MOC/Winamp. (I do all the transferrable ripping with abcde under Linux, however.) Said CDs are purchased at flea markets, though in the case I happen to buy a CD and there's no disc/the wrong disc/the seller just takes the disc and says "oops sorry that was a mistake I don't want to sell that one" I will just download the songs. Considering I paid for the right music/was completely willing to but said seller was being an idiot about it... yeah, no real guilt.

I do tend to store it all on an iPod touch as well - however, it's getting a bit full. I ought to look into a player with removable storage, e.g. the Sansa Clip/Fuze for music and leave the iPod for video tasks/basically being a pocket netbook.
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Posted on 10-23-11 11:23:58 PM (last edited by Nicole at 10-23-11 11:24 PM) Link | Quote
Since I posted in this thread last (wow that's an old layout), I mostly switched from listening to music via headphones to just using the speakers on my laptops... (not the highest quality of things, I suppose)

I still use Winamp 2, even though I now use OS X...
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Posted on 10-24-11 01:57:03 AM Link | Quote
Step one: Get your hands on one of these



Step two. Get an amplifier or a really good sound card:

This is what I use for studio work

I stand by this card with everything that I do. Listening to music, playing games, etc. It's really good.

If you do not have a decent computer. Get an amplifier to handle the bass and volume of your headset within reason. Having one WILL blow your eardrums if you are not careful and you will do more harm than good. A good decent amplifier is around 500w.

Step three: Carefully configure your audio output according to the manual. Some soundcards / amps come with pre-made audio configurations for different types of music.

Step Four: Enjoy.

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Posted on 10-24-11 03:38:46 PM (last edited by paulguy at 10-24-11 03:59 PM) Link | Quote
Nobody needs a (truly) 500W amplifier unless they're doing club sound. However a lot of consumer amplifiers rated for 500W really don't reach that point without a lot of distortion, if they can even put out that much, at all. If you're "serious" about it, better go for something rated between 50-100 and spend a bit on a good one. It'll be loud and won't distort, so it'll remain clear. Probably even louder while still remaining clearer than that "500W" unit you get from best buy or whatever. (A real 500W amp that doesn't distort within it's rated power will probably cost in the area of $5000-10000+, maybe ~$2000 for something low end but still decent.).

Also if those are those Dr. Dre headphones, from a lot of people's opinions (I've not used them personally), they're not bad headphones but cost way too much for what you get. Probably better to look for some ~$100 ones if you want decent listening quality, and aren't too picky. Hell, probably could get away with something in the $30-50 range that still sounds pretty good (though this range tends to be kind of bass-heavy, and you won't get great treble.).

As for me, I mostly just listen to video game music (In original format if I can find it.) and decent quality MP3s on the computer, but if something better isn't available, I'll deal with the lower quality version. I don't go out much but if I did I'd probably just use my phone (Droid 2). I don't listen to music particularly loudly, unless it's cool, but even then I don't listen to it too loudly where it hurts (why do people like listening to music to hurt?).

EDIT: Using "music/media-specific" equalization options is a bad idea. Equalization should generally be used to adjust a sound system to compensate for uneven response, and if you like a specific attribute, you can tweak it a bit but being overly aggressive or using presets does more damage than good.
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Posted on 10-25-11 03:46:35 AM Link | Quote
Personally, if you want to go with a budget that's less on the wallet and does not suffer too much on sound quality. Earbuds are the way to go. Which brand; newegg has plenty of reviews on some good ones that are absolutely amazing. When i'm on vent I always use earbuds. Sound quality is crystal clear. Using the Dr. Dre headphones; to me at least have a huge difference when listening to music.

But Paulguy is right in a sense. If you don't have the budget. Don't go for it. It's mainly personal opinion VV
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Posted on 12-11-11 02:45:29 PM Link | Quote
Usually on my laptop with Audio-Technica headphones. I use Winamp for everything, i play a lot of different video game music formats or just mp3s. When exploring new music, i look up things on YouTube or on Spotify.
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Posted on 07-13-12 08:01:46 AM Link | Quote
WinAMP, usually. If I like a song, I'll grab it off of YouTube with a video-to-MP3 converter.

If I'm doing something outside around the house, I'll take a wireless karaoke microphone, put it up to my PC's speaker, and then use a portable radio scanner to tune in to the microphone's frequency.

If I'm away from the house, I just use my PSP as a MP3 player. It's kind of unwieldy, and I don't do it a lot.
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Posted on 07-13-12 10:43:35 PM Link | Quote
I usually download all my music for free onto my Mp3 player. Sometimes i connect the Mp3 player to the Xbox 360 so i can have it louder. I use Finetune wii when looking for new music as its good if you know how it works.
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Posted on 07-14-12 06:52:03 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Bloodstar
CD rips - either in iTunes if I'm on OS X, or in MOC/Winamp. (I do all the transferrable ripping with abcde under Linux, however.) Said CDs are purchased at flea markets, though in the case I happen to buy a CD and there's no disc/the wrong disc/the seller just takes the disc and says "oops sorry that was a mistake I don't want to sell that one" I will just download the songs. Considering I paid for the right music/was completely willing to but said seller was being an idiot about it... yeah, no real guilt.

I do tend to store it all on an iPod touch as well - however, it's getting a bit full. I ought to look into a player with removable storage, e.g. the Sansa Clip/Fuze for music and leave the iPod for video tasks/basically being a pocket netbook.


I've shifted to ripping with foobar2000 in Windows (asunder if I need to do it in Linux) and storing it all on a Galaxy Player 5.0. Much better media device than the iPod touch - amazing what removable storage does for you, eh?
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Posted on 07-14-12 08:38:33 PM Link | Quote
I've tried a number of programs. Sadly I keep finding iTunes is the only one that can manage a ton of songs and not die on me.. So I use iTunes for my library stuff. On my mobile though I use WinAMP.

I need new speakers, my old XA2031s are never getting repaired now, and these little USB laptop speakers suck. I use my sennheiser hd205s when I want to create that "audio seal" between the world and myself..

I wish I could say I waltz into a room full of speakers and sit in the middle. That'd be awesome.
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Posted on 07-14-12 08:59:08 PM Link | Quote
I recently discovered I own over 150 physical CDs. I HAVE A PROBLEM.


I also have 12,011 songs overall on my iTunes. 0_0

Anyway. I have a different iPod now (Philip J. fryPod, iPod Classic, 160 gigs), and a pair of kickass headphones (UrbanEars, if you're wondering). I keep a pair of cheapo earbuds on hand in case I'm in a situation where headphones won't suit.
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Posted on 07-15-12 10:33:06 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by BlackNemesis13
I usually download my music, organize it into long ass compilations that tell a story that probably only makes sense to me, and then either listen to it in the car or while I'm walking. I mainly listen to music in the car though.


This is basically what I do, but replace car with bus/train. I have a grand total of 832 songs in my PC ... about half of which I don't listen to anymore ...
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Posted on 07-18-12 10:56:56 PM Link | Quote
I buy used CDs at the places where I get stuff to resell. I've amassed a ridiculously large collection over the years. I'm still not even halfway through my collection...

I don't really pirate "modern" music these days. Most of the stuff I download is either vinyl-only or out of print for years. I did get into the habit of buying digital albums off of bandcamp, though.

Oh yeah. I always rip stuff to FLAC. Not just because of the whole "audiophile nerd" thing, but because many of my CDs are super old and they're degrading to the point where they can't be ripped or listened to without skipping.
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